The one day we have is today. I follow the ODAT or One Day at a Time principle. If there is something that is not working out at the moment, whether it is in my control or not, I can deal with some part of it in the short term or in the next 24 hours. What I can act on today I will, what I can’t do today I’ll plan when I can. Today, I can move in the direction of acceptance, and what I can change about the perspective I have, I can do immediately.
Just for today, I will try to live through this day only, and not take my whole life problem [or the world’s] at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
quote from Just For Today – The Blue Book
So one day at a time builds into a lifetime of days between birth and death, the full circle of life. It is in the moment though, that we express our true selves, sometimes gaining, sometimes losing in the extremes and routines of life circumstances. Today, I will love. Today, I will survive. Today, I will thrive. Just for today, since tomorrow carries its own troubles and promise, yesterday, its own regrets and memories. All have a part, all make me who I am today: grateful and content. Today, that is my prayer for you as well. Best, Mary
The newest member of our neighborhood was born overnight – bringing a brand new vision of the world into view. And as I look at this day, cautiously optimistic, I realize the newest ones have the optimism that will move humanity beyond what limitations there are right now.
grateful today for the birth of my neighbor’s healthy new little girl
grateful today for extended family who has more sense than I do
grateful today for my mom who is healthy just for today
grateful today for my family participating fully in our back n forth real-life banter
grateful today for what I miss, what I notice, what I misconstrue – and learn from
The celebrated introspective captivating author from the sixties, Ram Das, who created a book from visions, Be Here Now, passed away early 2020. Time seems to stand still more often now in these tumultuous times. Grateful for the times we have lived through; the sixties were a time of enlightenment. To be present in the moment is one of the gifts of having a pet like a dog who just loves to be with you in the moment, whether walking, playing or sleeping. The beauty and freedom of being in the moment is one of the happiest places for a human to be. It takes some doing for me, a reminder that all is temporary and that all is well.
The continuing sage of history spreads a blanket of sadness on our present predicament. Mother Earth has regurgitated a virus to get the attention of those who would destroy her first, as environmental changes have had devastating consequences to our physical world. The occupants of earth will create a way to survive, all of them, even viruses. Humankind will become better from a distance, for this, but meanwhile, surprises in grief & suffering surmount the observer who can’t be unaffected by this.
Continuing on, staying close to those you love, even if at physical distance, is an opportunity for stretching humanity. The outrage and horror can be misdirected to blame and flail powerlessly at what I cannot control. And then, a voice on the phone calms me, a family member jolts me into the present moment, and all is well.
Find calm in the chaos. Don’t let the chaos distract from the calm within, I’ve been reminded it’s in there, buried under disguises of anxiety, fear, grief, anger, rage. When those disguises become me, the words that pour out are me too. Released now, all the words can come. I wish the same for you. Be well, be safe, be true, be whole.